Travel & Tourism


Mrs S Alton

Mrs C Higgins


Travel and Tourism is an exciting course studied in Year 13 & 14

Exam Board: Pearson BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Travel and Tourism

What is BTEC Level 3 Travel and Tourism?

  • This qualification has been designed to provide an all-    round introduction to the travel and tourism sector

  • BTEC Level 3 is equivalent to 1 A Level

  • There is a combination of assessment styles – internal assignments, external tasks and a written exam.

  • It covers key knowledge and practical skills with a vocational focus

Why should I choose Travel and Tourism?

  • It allows you to progress to Further/Higher Education, where you could study degrees or foundation degrees such as International Tourism Management or Event Management.

  • The course can also lead directly into a career in the airline industry, event management, within the cruise sector, marketing, as a resort representative or in a travel agency.

  • Tourism and Hospitality has a huge scope for employment. By 2025 the UK tourism industry will be worth over £257 billion, around 10% of the UK GDP. The industry supports 3.8 million jobs and has a huge impact on the UK economy.


What will I study?

There are 4 units to Level 3 Travel and Tourism studied over 2 years.

In Year 13 we will look at

  • Unit 1 – The World of Travel and Tourism. This focuses on the components that make up travel and tourism and how they all fit together. This unit is an external exam.

  • Unit 3 – Promotion and Marketing in Travel and Tourism. This unit looks at promotion and how to market an attraction or event. This is assignment based. 


In Year 14 we study

  • Unit 2 – Global Destinations. In this unit we study many of the world’s leading destinations and learn what makes them popular. This unit is assessed as an external task – resembling coursework.

  • Unit 9 – Visitor Attractions. This unit focuses on attractions and how they entice customers. This unit is internal assignment based.






Throughout the two years of study, class teaching will be enhanced by visits from people working in the industry to give insight to their job and tourism in general. Trips to tourist attractions and components of the travel sector such as leading hotels, Belfast City Hall, Christmas Markets, Belfast City Airport further supplement learning.